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Footprint is a nimble, experienced firm dedicated entirely to sustainability. With support from Smith + Andersen, comes the depth gained from a proven building services firm delivering integrated services and project management in mechanical and electrical engineering since 1965.

At Footprint, we draw extensively upon our background as engineers to provide the in-depth analysis and technical rigor that today’s projects demand. We have benefited from our experience on a diverse range of projects – many of which are leading examples of sustainable design.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Footprint is looking to grow our Sustainability Team in the Toronto office with the addition of a Sustainability Specialist. Candidates will be team players who are highly motivated with good communication skills. The candidate would work under the direct supervision of a project manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidate(s) must:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering or environmental science and/or related field.
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant experience in the field of environmental sustainability is preferred but not necessary.
  • Attain LEED® Green Associate designation within six months of employment and will be expected to obtain their LEED® AP with specialization within one year.
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in energy conservation, energy modelling and sustainable design.
  • Will be expected to develop a working knowledge of building energy modeling techniques and software programs within one year of employment.
  • Familiarity with municipal green standards and provincial building codes.
  • Ability to participate in and operate as a fully accountable member of a multidisciplinary work team.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills and ability to communicate both orally and in writing and develop solid internal and external work relationships.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, organize and work independently or with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to provide technical documentation and reports on problems and effectively dealing with all levels of management and staff.
  • Able to work in complex environment driven by project deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to collect and showcase data and information in a consistent, logical and specific manner.
  • Willingness to learn new systems to continue with educational requirements to stay at the forefront of the industry.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate and facilitate LEED ® certification of new construction and existing building projects.
  • Collect, analyze and compile shop drawings as well as other technical and statistical information relating to LEED ® and other sustainability projects.
  • Liaise with all project team members including the owner’s, representatives and other consultants throughout the project to ensure smooth project delivery.
  • Develop and maintain data collection, record keeping and databases as required to support projects.
  • Prepare concise reports and written materials of a technical nature, in order to update the project team on the progress of the project.
  • Prepare energy incentive applications and supporting documents for projects.
  • Facilitate energy incentive applications process for new constructions and retrofit projects.
  • Report to the principal and/or project manager regarding project process; including informing them of contentious issues.
  • Respond to both internal and external communications regarding project status and deadlines.
  • Perform site inspections related to sustainability considerations including indoor air quality during construction, erosion and sedimentation control.
  • Facilitate the energy incentive application process. Prepare energy incentive applications and supporting documents for new constructions and retrofit projects.
  • Attend project meetings as required.
  • Prepare presentations for clients and owners, where required

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to careers@sa-footprint.com. Note that Footprint is part of the Smith + Andersen Group of Companies. Please place job title in the subject line of the email.

Appropriate accommodations will be provided to candidates upon request throughout the recruitment and hiring process. Successful applicants will be advised of Footprint’s accommodation policies at the time the employment offer is extended.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Footprint is a nimble, experienced firm dedicated entirely to sustainability. With support from Smith + Andersen, comes the depth gained from a proven building services firm delivering integrated services and project management in mechanical and electrical engineering since 1965.

At Footprint, we draw extensively upon our background as engineers to provide the in-depth analysis and technical rigor that today’s projects demand. We have benefited from our experience on a diverse range of projects – many of which are leading examples of sustainable design.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Footprint is looking to grow our Sustainability Team in the Toronto office with the addition of a Sustainability Project Manager. In this position, the successful incumbent will be responsible for managing all phases of green building design, including energy modelling and certification to the LEED® Green Building Rating Systems.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidate(s) must:

  • Possess 5 or more years project experience in the sustainability field.
  • LEED® Accreditation with specialty is essential.
  • A professional engineer or architect is desirable. An architectural technologist or senior C.E.T. with equivalent experience and abilities will also be considered.
  • Be considered an “expert” by their peers as either an Energy Modeller or a LEED® Project Manager. This generally will require a minimum of 5 years of experience with energy modelling software such as eQuest or IES is desirable or extensive experience project managing multiple LEED® certifications. The proponent will require a conversational knowledge of both energy and LEED®.
  • Experience analyzing building daylighting strategies, façade design options, skylight optimization, glazing is desirable.
  • Demonstrate a strong leadership qualities and ability to work independently, dealing with multiple projects and clients.
  • Possess sound communications skills as demonstrated through client and staff relations.
  • Be knowledgeable about provincial building codes, ASHRAE, IES and LEED® standards.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with clients and design teams in an integrated design approach to identify appropriate design strategies geared towards improving energy performance, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort; provide ongoing analysis through design and construction.
  • Develop innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of new and existing buildings, including outline specification level of detail for the required design concepts such as storm water management strategies and energy efficient design.
  • Prepares schedule of tasks required to complete project, anticipated length to perform tasks and critical data required for performance.
  • Support and train junior staff and provide them assignments, supervising delegated tasks for content and completion in assigned hours.
  • For LEED® projects, manage the LEED® documentation taking full responsibility with the completeness and quality of the submission to the CaGBC.
  • Translate technical outputs from energy and daylighting modelling to practical design recommendations communicated in a manner that is understandable to non-technical clients while still providing the level of detail required for the other project team members.
  • Review and comment on building drawings, specifications and submittals.
  • Conduct project job site visits during construction to monitor progress and confirm conformance to sustainable design requirements.
  • Develop technical documentation, proposals, and presentations to clients.
  • Lead meetings and design workshops.
  • Support the Principal with proposal writing and fees estimates.
  • Any other tasks assigned by Principals required to assist in the success of the firm.

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to careers@sa-footprint.com. Note that Footprint is part of the Smith + Andersen Group of Companies. Please place job title in the subject line of the email.

Appropriate accommodations will be provided to candidates upon request throughout the recruitment and hiring process. Successful applicants will be advised of Footprint’s accommodation policies at the time the employment offer is extended.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Are you looking to advance sustainability within your organization? Perhaps you’re interested in opportunities to raise awareness? We’ve been trying to do the same thing and have found that themed events can be effective. Many companies participate in some of the well-known events such as Earth Hour. Unfortunately the organization of these events is often done on a volunteer basis or as a very small portion of someone’s job. The result is we often hear about an event a few days in advance, leaving little time for planning. That’s why we have created this list of environmentally themed days. The list is organized by month and we are using it to help plan for an environmentally themed event on a regular basis. We thought we’d share our list with you in hopes you do the same.

Month Event
January

No Events Listed

February 2

World Wetlands Day

February 3rd

Mojo Day

21-Mar

World Forestry Day

February 4
early March

National Ground Water Awareness Week (USA)

OR09 Sustainable Building Law Update

OR10 Biophilic Design: Human Impacts and Applications to Green Buildings

Wednesday 4 PM

YL03 The Proof is in the Pudding: Performance metrics from the first Five Certified Living Buildings

YL06 Experiencing Sustainability: Where Art and Metrics Meet

YL11 The next frontier in energy efficiency – plug load management saves energy and engages tenants

Thursday 8:30 AM

GR07 Implementing Next Generation Cradle to Cradle: Policy & Practice

GR10 Why Research Matters: New Approaches to Measure Green Building and Workers’ H…

GR12 The Economics of Green Building

GR13 Transparency in the Service of Sustainability: Addressing the market demand f…

GR14 A Roadmap for Climate Action: Strategies, Tools, and Results

Thursday 10:30 AM

BL01 Getting to Zero Waste: Turning Trash into a Resource for the Next Generation

BL02 Accelerating Adoption through Tenant Demands: Customers Flex their Muscles

BL03 Towards Low Carbon Buildings and Cities: Energy Benchmarking and High Performance Building Envelopes

BL05 Learning from Buildings: Technologies for Measuring, Benchmarking, and Improving Performance

Thursday 2:30 PM

SU02 Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Triggering Implementation

SU03 Reaching New Audiences Through the Green Schools Movement

SU04 BuildingGreen’s Top-10 Products for 2012

SU11 AIA 2030 Commitment: Measuring Industry Progress Towards 2030

Thursday 4 PM

PL01 Are there any sustainable materials? Exploring the role of materials stewardship in sustainable built environments

PL10 Getting the Toxics out: LEEDing the Way to Safer Materials

Friday 8:30 AM

SL03 Benchmarking High Performance: Creating Better Measures for Better Buildings

SL11 Making Better Decisions: Architect-Driven Early-Design Energy Modeling

Brownfields are vacant, or underutilized commercial, industrial, or institutional properties where actual, or perceived environmental contamination resulting from historic uses hinders redevelopment. They can be found in both urban and rural communities across the country, often in desirable locations such as waterfronts and downtowns. Brownfields differ from other contaminated sites in that they are strategically located in areas where municipal services and infrastructure (such as roads, hydro, water and sewer service, etc.) are in place. For this reason, brownfields hold great potential to be rehabilitated and returned to productive use.
From a sustainable sites perspective, reclaiming brownfields offers many advantages. It can contribute to community revitalization, economic development and jobs, and/or new housing to take the pressure off greenfields (undeveloped land) (Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing, 2004, http://www.mah.gov.on.ca?did=9227). Brownfield redevelopment increases urban density, thereby slowing the degradation of ecosystems and habitat caused by urban sprawl.
The contaminated sites clean-up process is regulated in Canada by both the federal and provincial governments. Depending on the site, the process may include Phase I and II environmental assessments, risk assessment for ecological and human health receptors, and remediation. For more information on site assessments and risk assessment in Canada visit the following links:
http://www.aboutremediation.com/assessmentSolutions/site_assessment.asp?did=9227
www.aboutremediation.com/assessmentSolutions/risk_assessment.asp?did=9227

Qualified environmental professionals possess a toolbox of traditional and novel remediation methods that can be used to rehabilitate brownfield sites depending on the type of contamination encountered, the contaminant matrix (ie. soil, groundwater, etc.) and project goals. The following links provide greater information on some of the remediation tools available today:
http://www.frtr.gov/matrix2/section3/sec3_int.html?did=9227
http://clu-in.org/remediation/?did=9227

There is a growing interest among municipalities, owners, and developers to put brownfield sites to productive use for both economic and environmental reasons. Financing incentives to encourage brownfield redevelopment are offered at all levels of government. The links below can be used to search for incentive programs in your municipality, or province:
http://www.aboutremediation.com/financing/programs.asp?did=9227
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page223.aspx?did=9227 (Ontario only)

Michael Green is an architect and a partner in the Vancouver firm McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design Inc.

Initially I was interested to speak with Michael about the recent innovations in mid-rise wood frame construction. But the conversation quickly expanded to a much larger exploration of the sustainability challenges that we face today. Listen to this podcast- I’m certain that you will find Michael’s passion for sustainability captivating.

A Footprint Podcast with Michael Green

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